Starwood turns green at Maui’s Kaanapali Resort


Blue surf. White sand. Gold sunsets. And now, a green resort.

Kaanapali Resort’s north beach will be home to a 390-villa resort developed by Starwood Vacation Ownership that will also be Hawaii’s first LEED-certified resort.

What’s LEED?

It’s acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a environmentally-conscious rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

It’s not easy being green. LEED’s standards for environmentally-conscious construction are notoriously high. If Starwood gets LEED’s certification for its new Maui resort, it would raise the bar for green tourism in the islands. 

Arup, a global design and engineering firm specializing in green design, is Starwood’s construction partner. Already proposed innovations for the new resort include desalination to produce water, heat-exchange systems for air conditioning, and a co-generation system for hot water and electricity.

Targeted for a fall 2011 opening, the beachfront resort will include one, two and three-bedroom accommodations with sweeping views of the ocean, Lanai and Molokai. The resort will be Starwood’s third vacation ownership property on Maui and its fourth overall in the state.

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